After you zap all your tabs, remember to modify your Normal paragraph style (if you haven’t already) to define a “Special First Line Indent” of .25” or .3 inch. Don’t go more than .5 inch.
To eliminate all your tabs, enter ^t in “find what” and in the “replace with” line, leave it blank.
If instead of tabs you have space bar spaces for indents, then click your mouse to the “Find what” field, and hit your space bar by the same number of spaces you normally use for your indents, and then hit “replace all”. After you do this, you may go back and realize that you have spots in your book where there are still one or two space bar spaces preceding the first lines of your paragraphs. If this is the case, you can’t repeat the process above to zap all your single or double spaces, because this will cause you to delete the spaces separating sentences. The solution is to do a Find and Replace on ^p space space, and then replace with ^p only. The ^p is the symbol for a paragraph return, so this trick is basically telling word to replace all instances of two space bar spaces that immediately follow a paragraph return. This way, you isolate the space bar spaces that precede the start of a new paragraph. Next, repeat it with a Find and Replace on ^p space, then replace with ^p only.
Make sure you only have paragraph returns at the end of a paragraph, not at the end of each sentence or every line (unless of course you’re doing poetry). A paragraph return, created by hitting the “Enter” key on your keyboard, tells the reading device it’s the end of the paragraph. They look like this: “¶” when you have Show/Hide activated (see Step 2 above). If you do not have the show/hide feature activated now, stop what you’re doing and activate it, otherwise you’re editing blind.